Decahedron – Disconnection Imminent

Disconnection Imminent

So as the sum of its parts (Joe Lally from Fugazi along with Shelby Cinca and Jason Hamacher from Frodus), Decahedron should be a thoroughly amazing post-punk band. The sound is both spacious and immediate, heavy and subtle, plodding and precise. So what’s not to like?

Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure what there isn’t to like about this, but it really just doesn’t do a whole lot for me. Don’t take it the wrong way, there is almost nothing bad about Disconnection Imminent. The songwriting is pretty good, the vocals are pretty good, the overall sound is pretty good, etc. That’s the thing though: it’s just pretty good. Nothing particularly jumps out and grabs the listener. It just sort of coasts along from beginning to end.

For the most part, Disconnection Imminent lulls along with funky, plodding basslines laid over spacious guitar noise and sometimes dancey, but always groovy drums. Here and there Decahedron will rock out and get loud, but not enough in my opinion. Vocally, these guys stick with the almost spoken word hushed vocals coupled with some yelling and screaming here and there. Of course, there are lots of dynamics present, bouncing from raucous structures to leisurely noise meanderings.

I guess my problem is Disconnection Imminent seems too post-punk for me. You can more or less insert any number of post-punk reviews in here, change the name of the band and album, and it would turn out the same basically. Gang of four… blah blah blah… bouncy basslines… blah blah blah… grating vocals, etc.

Despite a few bright spots here and there, Disconnection Imminent is just not that strong of a release. It has all the components but lacks the originality and flair to put any kind of dent in today’s music scene. The band does have potential though. Perhaps it will break out of the mold and do something interesting.